Venous disease refers to several conditions affecting your veins. Veins use one-way valves to carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. The valves keep blood moving in the right direction by opening to let blood go through, then closing to be sure it can’t flow backward.
When the valves become weak or damaged, they allow blood to go backward. As a result, blood builds up in the vein below the valve, which creates abnormally high pressure.
The pressure from accumulating blood, causes additional stretching of the vein walls and valves, allowing more blood to remain in the vein. With more swelling, valve damage, and excess blood, venous disease develops.
These are a few of the most common problems treated at the vein center:
The most common symptoms of venous disease include:
The visible signs of venous problems include spider veins, varicose veins, and venous ulcers. These skin ulcers typically appear near your ankle and they’re slow to heal, if they heal at all.